December 16, 2016

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Myanmar puppeteers to perform at art festival in Laos

Myanmar Marionette Organisation seeks to popularise Myanmar folk arts

Myanmar puppeteers stage a puppet show at Mandalay Marionette Theatre. Photo: Supplies by Daw Ma Ma Naing
Myanmar puppeteers stage a puppet show at Mandalay Marionette Theatre.
Photo: Supplies by Daw Ma Ma Naing

MYANMAR puppeteers plan to take part in a Performing Arts Festival in Laos at the end of January next year, according to Daw Ma Ma Naing, chairperson of the Myanmar Marionette Organisation.
A Myanmar team with five members—Daw Ma Ma Naing and her daughter Han Su Yin, U Aung Than, U Thein Lwin and Toe Toe—will participate in the event to exhibit the country’s traditional folk art.
Supported by the Department of Information, Culture and Tourism of the Vientiane Municipality, the event is scheduled to be taken place from 29 to 31 January in the Laos’ capital. It will include performances by artists from four ASEAN countries, plus Japan.
This is the first time the MMO has been invited to take part in the event, organised by the Khaoniew Theatre Group. According to the schedule, the Myanmar team will leave for Laos on 25 January and return home on 1 February.
Team leader Daw Ma Ma Naing said the aim of her griups’s participation is to showcase Myanmar’s traditional art of puppetry during the festival, with plans to exchange information on traditional folk arts with all participants at the two-day workshop, which will be held before the festival.
Since its establishment in 2014, the Mandalay-based Myanmar Marionette Organisation has conducted many activities to promote appreciation of traditional puppetry.
Puppetry is one of the most popular forms of traditional entertainment in Myanmar. It is traditionally performed at pagoda festivals. Myanmar puppet shows depict the differences between good and evil through literature, history and religion.

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